Local health systems on alert in case coronavirus becomes a threat

Local health systems on alert in case coronavirus becomes a threat
ATLANTA, GA - UNDATED: This undated handout photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a microscopic view of the Coronavirus at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. According to the CDC the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) might be a "previously unrecognized virus from the Coronavirus family." (Photo by CDC/Getty Images) (Getty Images/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh-region health care providers, including UPMC that has international operations in China, are on alert for any potential cases of coronavirus, the virus that has killed more than 17 people across Asia and locked down a city of 11 million people in China.

There have been no cases of coronavirus, a respiratory tract infection that is similar to the SARS virus that was reported to have broken out in Wuhan City, China. There’s only been one case reported so far in the United States, on the West Coast. There have been no cases reported in Pennsylvania.

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UPMC, for instance, isn’t taking any chances.